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Energy

composer
1971

 
This is Simpson’s first essay for the medium and is one of the most instantly attractive and freshly original works in his oeuvre. It was commissioned for the 1971 Brass Band World Championship at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October of that year. Any listener familiar with Simpson’s work will know that energy is an essential part of his music. This work is literally a single composed accelerando, similar in design to the second movement of the Symphony No 3 (1962) and the concluding fugue of the vast String Quartet No 9 (1982).

Energy is made up of five short sections, gradually increasing in activity from a solemn Adagio maestoso introduction to a fiercely exuberant finale, Presto vivo. Each section is a little faster than the previous one, thereby creating the impression of a massive acceleration in momentum and excitement, despite the fact that the basic pulse that opens the work remains unaltered throughout. Energy is dedicated to Eric Ball, himself a renowned conductor and composer of brass band music.

from notes by Matthew Taylor 1991

Recordings

Simpson: Music for Brass
CDA66449Archive Service

Details

Movement 1: Adagio maestoso
Movement 2: Andante tranquillo
Movement 3: Allegro grazioso
Movement 4: Allegro molto
Movement 5: Presto vivo

Track-specific metadata for CDA66449 track 4

Allegro molto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-44904
Duration
2'08
Recording date
5 August 1990
Recording venue
Lutterworth Grammar School, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Gary Cole
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Simpson: Music for Brass (CDA66449)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Archive Service
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